Fall Colors Tour

Utah in the Fall is a blast of color!

Wherever you go, you're not far from comfy digs, cozy dining, superb camping and all the recreation a body can handle. Once you've considered your routes, make arrangements for lodging or campsites. You can also visit our Best Destinations pages to obtain telephone numbers and websites where you can get more info.

1 Brigham City - Logan - Bear Lake
Follow US 89-91 from Brigham City north to Logan via Sardine Canyon (25 miles). Continue northeast from Logan on US 89 to Bear Lake through Logan Canyon (now a National Scenic Byway) and the Wasatch-Cache National Forest

2 Ogden Canyon - Huntsville - Woodruff
Follow UT 39 (Ogden Canyon) east from Ogden into the Wasatch-Cache National Forest

3 Ogden - Salt Lake City - Weber Canyon - East Canyon - Emigration Canyon - Parley's Canyon
Follow I-84 southeast from Ogden to the Morgan exit. Take UT 66 south to East Canyon State Park and UT 65. Continue south on UT 65 along Pioneer Memorial Highway to I-80. Take I-80 west to Salt Lake City

4 Bountiful Peak Drive
This route connects Bountiful and Farmington on unpaved roads in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Mueller Canyon Drive

5 Tooele Area Drives - Middle Canyon - South Willow Road

6 Parley's Canyon - Emigration Canyon
This is a Salt Lake area version of tour #3-a 25-mile loop tour along I-80 and Emigration Canyon. Near the entrance to Emigration Canyon, you'll pass by two landmarks-Hogle Zoo and This Is The Place Heritage Park. Close by: Fort Douglas (site of Olympic Village during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games) and the University of Utah. Option: follow I-80 east to Park City

7 Big Cottonwood Canyon - Solitude - Brighton
In Salt Lake City, get off I-215 at Exit 6 and follow UT 190 south to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Turn left here. UT 190 continues up this canyon. As you head up-canyon, you enter the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Toward the top of the canyon, you'll pass Solitude Mountain Resort enroute to the village of Brighton and Brighton Resort

8 Big Cottonwood Canyon - Guardsman's Pass - Park City - Heber Valley
Same directions to Big Cottonwood Canyon (preceding tour). Just below the village of Brighton, take the Guardsman's Pass road over the mountain to either Park City or Heber

9 Little Cottonwood Canyon
Get off I-215 south at Exit 6, then proceed south on UT 190. Continue straight through the Big Cottonwood Canyon intersection. The route becomes UT 210. Follow this road, which becomes Little Cottonwood Canyon (UT 210). The route ascends into the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Enroute to Snowbird and Alta

10 Kamas - Mirror Lake
This 30-mile drive on UT 150 takes you from Kamas into the Wasatch-Cache National Forest

11 Francis - Duchesne - Uinta National Forest

12 Alpine Loop - One of Utah's Most Spectacular Scenic Drives
Take UT 92 east from the Alpine / Timpanogos Cave National Monument exit #284 off I-15, or exit #272 off I-15 in Orem and take UT 52 east to US 189 to UT 92. UT 92-The Alpine Loop carves through dramatic mountain terrain as it traverses the Uinta National Forest. Regional sites include Provo Canyon, Bridal Veil Falls, Cascade Springs, Mt. Timpanogos, Tibble Fork Reservoir, Timpanogos Cave and Sundance Village

13 Vernal - Red Cloud Loop
Views of towering mountains highlight this route accessed 14 miles north of Vernal

14 Flaming Gorge - Uintas - Wildlife through the Ages National Scenic Byway
Running between Vernal and Manila on US Highway 191 and Utah Highway 44, this byway climbs foothills and major geological formations that go back a billion years and reveal the core of the Uinta Mountains near Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

15 Sheep Creek - Spirit Lake Scenic Backway

16 North Fork of the Duchesne River

17 Mt Nebo Scenic Loop
At 11,877 feet, Mt. Nebo is one of Utah's highest peaks. Access to this tour starts on the north side of the loop in Payson or from the south via UT 132 east of Nephi. Although the route is entirely paved, it is unsuitable for large RV's, large motorhomes and large trailers. Route covers large forest recreation area in the Uinta National Forest.

18 Skyline Drive
The "backbone" of central Utah, the Skyline Drive winds along the Wasatch Plateau through the Manti-LaSal and Fishlake National Forests

19 Price - Castle Valley
Several roads and canyons surrounding Price offer colorful autumn drives including Price Canyon (US 6), Indian Canyon (Scenic Byway US 191 from Helper to Duchesne) and Nine Mile Canyon

UT 10 between Price and I-70 provides access to the Manti-LaSal National Forest

Once in Fairview, you can head south on US 89 (Utah's Heritage Highway

20 Tushar Plateau
This 40-mile drive on UT 153 connects Beaver and Junction, Utah, through the southern end of the high Fishlake National Forest

21 Fish Lake Plateau
Take UT 25 from its junction with UT 24 between Burrville and Loa northeast to Fish Lake. The east fork of UT 25 meets UT 72 5 miles north of Fremont. Option: continue east from Loa on UT 24 to Capitol Reef National Park

22 Aquarius Plateau - Capitol Reef National Park - Boulder Mountain
Access these destinations via UT 24 at Torrey or UT 12 at Escalante. These routes cut through the southern tier of the high Dixie National Forest and it is advisable to carry a good area map. Although it is major south-central Utah highway, UT 12 between Boulder and Escalante is not for the faint of heart! Called the Hogsback, this segment of UT 12 features steep drop-offs on both sides of the road. See the "All American Road" that follows.

UT 12 - All American Road - Highway 12, a showcase of dramatic, naturally-sculpted sandstone, winds its way through some of the most stunning geography in the United States--Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park and thousands of acres of the Dixie National Forest. Although this route has been chronicled for years by the travel and automobile-enthusiast press, it defies description and must be seen first-hand.

23 LaSal Mountain Drive
Take UT 128 east from Moab for 16 miles along the Colorado River. Then turn right (southeast) onto County Road 73 that leads into Castle Valley. As you proceed through Castle Valley, you'll ascend into the Manti-LaSal National Forest

Although this route is paved, it may be temporarily impassable in case of snow. Due to several hairpin turns, parts of this route, particularly on the Castle Valley side, are unsuitable for large RV's, large motorhomes and large trailers. Top regional destinations include Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park

24 Highway 211 from Junction with US 191 to Canyonlands National Park
Called the Indian Creek Scenic Byway, this route begins at the junction with US 191 fourteen miles north of Monticello. Drive west on the two-lane paved road across a high sage plain before descending into a series of 'switchbacks' to Newspaper Rock--a sheltered alcove featuring rock art by several different ancient American cultures. Beyond Newspaper Rock the Byway continues through Indian Creek Canyon where cottonwood trees glow in gold...surrounded by red standstone cliffs. The cottonwoods follow Indian Creek down to Dugout Ranch. Views encompass North and South Sixshooter Peaks. Cliffs rising from the valley floor reach 1,000+ feet to the Canyon Rims Recreation Area and Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands

25 Harts Draw Road from the Junction with Utah Highway 211
On the return trip from Indian Creek Scenic Byway (previous tour), three miles east of the 'switchbacks' and eight miles from the junction with US 191, you come to the junction of the Harts Draw Road. Turn south and start an easy climb on this paved two-lane road into the Manti La Sal National Forest

26 Monticello to Blanding via the Abajo Loop Scenic Backway

27 Utah Highway 46 from US 191 east to the Colorado border
Resting on the southern slope of the Manti La Sal National Forest

28 Utah Highway 95 / Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway / Utah Bicentennial Highway

29 Cedar Breaks National Monument - Brian Head - Dixie National Forest
Cedar Breaks

The drive from Parowan up to the mountain resort community of Brian Head

A less challenging route that presents some of Utah's most stunning fall colors is UT 143 from Panguitch up to Cedar Breaks. The area around the junction of UT 143 and the Sidney Valley Road in particular hosts massive aspen groves that tend toward red in mid-late September. Regional attractions include Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks

30 St. George - Zion National Park
You are deep in the heart of "Utah's Dixie" now. Take UT 9 off I-15 and proceed east through the Virgin River Valley to Springdale and Zion National Park. Option: continue east on UT 9 through Zion to US 89, then north to UT 12 and on to Bryce Canyon National Park

31 Bryce Canyon National Park
The redrock spires, pinnacles and canyons of this Utah landmark form a perfect setting for the golden aspens that line the amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon. Reach Bryce Canyon from UT 12. At the junction of UT 12 and UT 63 turn south toward Ruby's Inn

No matter what your point of origin, you'll wind up on UT 12, the All American Road described above in the Aquarius Plateau tour. The drive from the junction of US 89 and UT 12 east to the Bryce turnoff at UT 63 takes you through the Dixie National Forest and Red Canyon, a brilliant "teaser" of what's ahead at Bryce.

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